can·​cri·​zans | \ ˈkaŋkrə̇ˌzanz, -ank- \

Definition of cancrizans

: crab entry 3 Schoenberg's “Mondfleck” from Pierrot Lunaire is a vocal line accompanied by a double canon played in cancrizans fashion and a simultaneous three-part fugue. — Edmund Dehnert, in The Languages of Creativity, 1986 a cancrizans passage

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First Known Use of cancrizans

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cancrizans

Medieval Latin, present participle of cancrizare to go backwards, from Latin cancr-, cancer crab + Late Latin -izare -ize

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“Cancrizans.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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